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NAD has voted to receive governance of Christian Record Services for the Blind, based in Lincoln, Nebraska, a former Seventh-day Adventist World Church institution. The transfer of governance affirms a larger restructuring plan that was implemented in January of this year by action of the Christian Record Board of Directors. MORE

Your Best Pathway to Health LA began Wednesday, and for the first time, the mega-clinic is providing translators for 14 different language groups, largely representing the immigrant and refugee populations expected to access health care at the event. Close to 10,000 people are expected to receive free medical and dental care with the help of more than 4,000 volunteers. MORE  Get continuing updates on the NAD website news.

ACS in Houston update; More than 660 Houston flood survivors were served emergency supplies by Adventist Community Services volunteers over the weekend. Clean up buckets, clothing packs, personal care kits, blankets, diapers and other items were distributed in three locations around Houston. "Our last distribution was scheduled for 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Sunday. Rain was moving in from the Gulf of Mexico, and we watched the radar, wondering if we would need to close early," said Sherri Watts, assistant director of the Texas Adventist Community Services. "The rain began at 2:01 p.m. Thank you Lord for holding the rain until we were able to serve those who needed the supplies!"

If you want to help, financial donations are most helpful. Learn of more ways you can help.

ADRA Canada and ADRA International are accepting donations to assist the survivors of the Apr. 16, Ecuador 7.8 earthquake that left more than 3,000 people without homes and/or a livelihood. Many are hungry and thirsty, begging for water. The death toll has risen to more than 600, with more than 200 still missing. ADRA International has deployed an emergency response team made up of people from various parts of the world who are specially trained to work in these kinds of crisis situations.  Their base of their operations is the Adventist College campus in Santo Domingo.  MORE

Truven Health Analytics™ has named Kettering Adventist HealthCare as one of the 15 Top Health Systems in the country. Truven Health Analytics is a leading provider of information and solutions to improve the cost and quality of healthcare. MORE

The first ever annual Safety Sabbath event saw a signup of more than 280 registrants and received more than 8,000 page views of the entire Safety Sabbath website. Of the three drills offered — fire, missing child and active shooter — the Active Shooter Drill page received the most views, reaching more than 2,500 views.

Denver's ACS LIFT facility was refurbished by Lowes and Rebuilding Together, two entities that worked together to make Denver community center look "beautiful." The two-day project, April 13-15, involved 120 volunteers, and included four homes of low-income homeowners as well as the ACS community center. Lowe’s donated $84,000 to the Denver rebuild project and much of the funding went to refurbish the ACS facility, giving them new showers, new flooring, remodeled classrooms, recognizing the critical services provided by ACS to the surrounding community, such as the food bank, medical care and developmental assistance. MORE

Adventists in the News

Free Medical, Dental Services Offered At LA Convention Center

Seventh-day Adventists worry about effects of heritage designation

Highland Adventist accredited through WVBOE

Oakhurst Christian school wins award in national Earth science contest

Community Group in Queens, NY Sends 9.5 Tons of Supplies to Ecuador

Health Clinic to Offer Free Medical Services Through Friday at L.A. Convention Center

Thousands of LA’s uninsured, underinsured brave lines for free health care

LA Convention Center Hosts Free 3-Day Health Clinic

Adventist Bolingbrook Hospital creates Baby Jasmine's Angel Nursery

Caring hands brings dental care to veterans

Blake's triumph: WWU center named in honor of black professor, activist

Orlando EDC to honor Adventist Health's Houmann

Our View: Ray of hope comes through for health care in Colusa County





Shadow Empire starts tonight at hundreds of churches across North America! This four-part experience features Shawn Boonstra from the Voice of Prophecy, plus local pastors, sharing the compelling story of Constantine and his continuing impact on religious liberty around the world. This intriguing series was filmed in Italy, Serbia and Turkey, and the programs and discussion will make biblical history come alive. Invite your family, friends, neighbors and coworkers to this relevant series! And take the fun quiz on the site to test your knowledge of the Roman Empire. Learn more and find the location near you at www.ShadowEmpire.com.



NAD Evangelism Offering, Apr. 30 will go for seed money for 1,000 new church plants — The leaders of the NAD, in collaboration with the leaders of our unions, conferences, and local churches are praying and working to plant 1,000 new churches in the next five years (2016-2021). That comes to about 200 new church plants per year across North America. The NAD Evangelism Offering will help to support each of these 1,000 new church plants with $10,000 seed money for each. Get information about help for offertory calls in today's NewsPoints under Resources. Learn more about the project



Remember Prayer Call, May 5/6. Join the NAD Prayer Ministry team any time, for as long or as briefly as you wish during the May all-night Prayer Call beginning at 10:00 p.m. Thurs. night, until 5:00 a.m. EDT Friday. Dial 404-891-6338, and when prompted, use access code 772937#. Email your prayer requests. They will be prayed over by a team of prayer warriors each week. Learn more and download bulletin inserts.



NAD Children's Ministries has rolled out their new website. It has Sabbath school links, crafts, Bible Adventures for Young Readers, Vacation Bible School programs, "Fun-Da-Mentals" - 28 beliefs, Theme-of-the-Year resources, upcoming events for union and conference leaders, and a featured video. More will be added. Check it out!



Abuse or rape victims now have a friend in Siri, as well as a friend in Jesus. As of March 17, Siri, as supplied by Apple iPhones, understands the phrases "I was raped" and "I am being abused." In response, Siri puts iPhone users one click away from the National Sexual Assault Hotline. Apple worked with the Rape, Abuse and Incest National Network which operates the hotline, to craft this response. (Information from NAD Women's Ministries Women's Intuition Express newsletter)




Anyone calling for the special NAD Evangelism Offering this Sabbath, April 30, can find assistance by listening to the recorded video offertory appeals, or playing them to the congregation. To learn more about how this special offering will be used, check out the offering appeal that includes specific information here. You will also appreciate the offering appeal available at the NAD Stewardship website, in both English and Spanish.  



They're coming! They're driving by, and many are visiting. We must be ready, especially since more people than ever before have had their awareness raised of the Seventh-day Adventist Church via the public media, and are curious. Are you ready for summer travelers? How will they find you? Is your website up to date and inviting, with a clear view of your location and photo(s)? It's one of the first places most people look. Learn more with the Web Ministry Quick Start Guide in Spanish and English. The Simple Updates and NetAdventist websites are so simple that almost anyone can learn how to maintain them. Our beliefs and other things about the church can be automatically added. 


On the road, make sure visitors to your area can find your church with highway signs. Place an attractive and inviting church yard sign in front of your church.

Once they get there, what does it look and feel like? Watch this free Parking Lot Ministry video. Will they be warmly welcomed? Invited for dinner? Does your church have a Hospitality Ministry? Do you have an active Children's Ministry or someone appointed to provide a children's Sabbath school if children arrive? What do you tell people who ask to learn more about Seventh-day Adventists? The following resources are designed to help you: Curb Appeal in SpanishEnglish; brochures about AdventistsAdventist Notecards to write note and let people know we were glad for their visit and hope they'll return. Some churches keep small folders filled with welcoming and "about-us" information, ready to share with visitors. Be sure you are using an up-to-date Seventh-day Adventist® logo, which uses the registration symbol. 


“‘My God shall supply your every need.’ If you’re working in dental right now, scrambling to get ready for the patients, ‘My God shall supply your every need.’ If you’re working in mental health, ‘My God shall supply your every need.’ . . . In eye care, . . . in lifestyle medicine . . . in whatever you’re working in, wherever you’re working, we have a God who will solve every little difficulty to meet our needs. Let’s pray.” 

—Mark A. Finley, during the opening meeting at the Pathway to Health LA mega clinic, Apr. 26, 2016, using Philippians 4:19 as encouragement for the more than 4,000 volunteers who would serve the community during the three-day health event


Reaching Out in Love

Church members spread Hope and Compassion near planned NAD headquarters

Adventists spread hope and compassion on Apr. 16/17 during five planned outreach events focused on the Columbia, Md., area where the NAD plans to move, and where the Columbia Union is located. Jose Cortés, Jr., associate director of evangelism for the NAD, says, “We planned the Day of Hope and Compassion with the objective of celebrating what we as a church are meant to be doing every day, sharing a hope for a better future and facilitating hope in the here and now by blessing those around us in practical ways.” One of the ways that volunteers helped on Sabbath was serving food to the residents at Sarah’s House, an emergency and transitional housing and homeless shelter in Fort Meade, Md. MORE


April 28, 2016

Special Days:

April Focus: Stewardship
Apr. 30, NAD Evangelism

May Focus:
Community Services

May 7, Community Services Sabbath
May 14, Youth Sabbath
May 21, Single Adults Sabbath
May 28, Deaf Ministries


April Special Offerings

Apr. 30, NAD Evangelism
May 14, Disaster & Famine Relief

Helpful Special Day Websites and Resources

Sample Offertory Readings (in English, Spanish, Portuguese and French)


Upcoming Events

NAD Feature: The Zika Virus: Looking for Answers, By Scott Christiansen, p. 30

NAD News:  Adventist Health-Roseville Receives Well Workplace Award; Kettering College’s Creation Connection; Emmy Award-winning Composer to Judge Brain Games, Hundreds Compete at Texas Conference Bible Adventure; Oregon Conference to Offer Spanish and English TV Programming, p. 11

NAD Update: Young People Vow to Change World, p. 14

NAD Perspective: Secret Information, p.17


Month of May 2016  – For this month, please pray for the Mid-America Union, with 499 churches and 86,609 members. 
May 1-7 – This week please pray for the Dakota Conference, with 46 churches and 4,010 members.



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